The state plans to resume operation of Annadel State Park on July 1, ending a one-year experiment in which the sprawling, rugged open space on the edge of Santa Rosa has been run by the county’s Regional Parks division.
Sonoma County planners are recommending that the state be prevented from charging new day use fees at beaches up and down the coast on the grounds that doing so would limit public access and violate local and state laws.
Sonoma County officials are set to take their first formal step this week in a bid to assume operation of Annadel State Park. The move is meant to avoid the planned closure of the popular Santa Rosa destination, one of five state parks in the county slated to be shuttered July 1 as part of the state’s budget-cutting efforts. “There’s tremendous support in the community for us to keep this park open and operate it,” county Supervisor Shirlee Zane said.
A volunteer association is working to take over operations at Jack London State Historic Park as the state inches closer to shutting down the popular Glen Ellen spot.
It seemed like just another Sunday morning in Annadel State Park. Hikers, cyclists, joggers, families — all kinds of folks finding ways to enjoy this hometown treasure. I didn’t have the heart to tell them they may soon be trespassers.